church members sheep cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

10 reasons why we shouldn’t call church members sheep anymore

  I suggest that the sheep metaphor has largely lost its power. Most people don’t understand sheep, flocks or farmers. Shepherds are a mystery just as much as sheep are. Most of us¬†certainly do not understand the bedouin culture it has its roots in where the metaphor was rich with…

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"Jesus and Goats" (cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward)

Surprising Development: Jesus Reconsiders His Position on Goats

Get a fine reproduction of this cartoon HERE. I’ve never really heard or read anyone unpack Matthew 18:18 in a significant way. Here it is: “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”…

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shepherds are sheep too cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

in the church shepherds are sheep too

Many leaders forget they’re just one of the flock as well. Shepherds are sheep too. It’s been said that even Jesus was the lamb of God. I think it would be helpful and healthy for churches and her leaders to remember this. Don’t you? Did you enjoy this cartoon? If…

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church growth is sexy

When I pastored a local congregation I was well aware of the fact that most often the visitors were disaffected members from other churches. We created our own disaffected members as well that went elsewhere.¬†It’s an elaborate exchange program. Or, in keeping with the analogy, swapping program. A real swinging…

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sheep in sheep’s clothing

When the earliest Christian movement was criminal the real danger came from infiltrators. These were called wolves in sheep’s clothing. It was an “us vs. them” world. But now that Christianity is popular and inculturation is complete it is no longer “us vs. them” but “us vs. us”. There is…

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SHEEP WEEK: culling is killing

Welcome to SHEEP WEEK, a week of my sustained critique of the shepherd/sheep analogy illustrated by my cartoons. This morning’s cartoon is “Culling is Killing”. If you have a particular vision of what you want your people to be like that isn’t universal, that doesn’t include all, that isn’t all-encompassing,…

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sheep week: the new black

Welcome to another installment for SHEEP WEEK! This sheep is the new black sheep. This is what I mean: At the root of our divisions is the fear of the Other, the Different, the Not-Like-Us. I suggest that this deep-rooted fear spawned the scriptures that preach separation and segregation, which…

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